Britt Reid is heading to prison.
Circuit Court Judge Charles H. McKenzie sentenced the former Kansas City Chiefs linebackers coach Tuesday to three years behind bars for the 2021 multi-vehicle crash that severely injured a 5-year-old child passenger in a separate car.
“The reckless actions you have committed have done so much harm to Ariel and her family. There has to be a response,” McKenzie said, per the Kansas City Star.
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Reid pleaded guilty in September and admitted he was drinking at Arrowhead Stadium before the collision.
In accepting the plea bargain, the Kansas City Star reports prosectors agreed to request a prison sentence of no more than four years. Reid could’ve faced up to seven years behind bars.
The Star reports that during Tuesday’s sentencing, Reid spoke directly to Ariel Young, who is now 6, and her family, who were in the courtroom.
“Every time I see my daughter, I think about Ariel and how my decision affected her so deeply and her family. … Anger and hate are powerful motivators, but I truly believe love and forgiveness are even more powerful. Whatever my sentence is, I understand and accept responsibility for the decision I made that night.”
The Star reports Ariel’s family objected to the plea deal.
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The collision happened three days before Super Bowl LV. Reid, who required surgery after the crash, told police he had been drinking before driving.
Police wrote in a search warrant request that Reid, 35 at the time of the crash, “failed basic sobriety checks and acknowledged that he had ‘2-3 drinks’ before driving,” according to Yahoo Sports. He told cops he was taking prescription Adderall as well.
Reid was driving about 84 mph shortly before the collision and had a blood alcohol level of 0.113 two hours after the crash, police said. The legal limit is 0.08.
Reid is the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who previously coached the Philadelphia Eagles. Britt Reid didn’t coach in the Super Bowl LV loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is no longer employed by the team.
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